Otter-Barry Books have a wonderful selection of poetry books and these two new publications are full of exciting poems to inspire and engage young readers.
Razz Ma Tazz The Poetry World of Roger Stevens; illustrated by Mike Smith
Once you open this book and start reading the poems you won’t put it down. From poems which are just too cool, like the Year 6 boys, to Shouting to the Ocean, which gives you the chance to just throw all your emotions in the ocean!
‘So if you’re hurt, upset or angry
Write down all you want to say
Then post it in the ocean
Watch your troubles float away’
Cool boys and Year Six Sisters to the Chicken School Timetable, Dad’s terrible dancing to Mum’s cunning treasure trail, plus the joy and fun of poetry. There is something for everyone in this paperback collection of poems.
With themes of Family, School, Pets, the Wild, Being a Poet and Personal Favourites, this is an outstanding, exuberant collection of the very best work from one of the best-loved poets writing today.
Roger Stevens is a very well known poet author, with lots of tips about writing poetry. The illustrations by Mike Smith are brilliant, showing each poem in its own unique way.
The Universal Zoo by Neal Zetter and illustrated by Will Hughes
If you want to engage young children with poetry and fire their imagination this book is a must to have in the school or at home.
Come on down
to the Universal Zoo.
Want to see amazing animals?
Buy a ticket, join the queue.”
Every creature has a place at the far end of Space, in the Universal Zoo.
Look out for the Shy Shimmereen, the snoozing Snoralotz, the Invisible Ballaboo Beast and the Ten-Legged, Swivel-Headed, Bushy-Bearded, Twirly-Tailed Horrox. Meet the Martian kids with two heads, and stare at the Enormous Egg. And if you think dragons don’t exist and dodos are extinct, then think again. But never, never, never feed the Gronk!
A riot of imagination and fun, these poems also send a message about conservation and saving species.
Otter-Barry Books have a website full of information about their books and you can review many of the pages of poems, but the real best thing is to buy the books!!
Sue Martin Children’s Literacy Specialist